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him? >> we know he's 45 years old, masters degree in sharia law. he's also believed to be the driving force behind a new terror group seeking to align itself with al qaeda. this is according to both the u.s. and an egyptian official. the egyptian official said he has denied any connection to the afacon the u.s. consulate or affiliation with al qaeda, but he's also believed to be connected to a heavily armed terror cell raided in october in egypt. five people were arrested at that time. >> right, and probably not the only suspect, right? is the fbi making more progress in this? >> well, it's hard to tell how this is going. we know they're looking at a lot of people. we also know that the fbi hoped to question, for example, a tunisia suspect. but after finally getting access to him, he refused to speak. now that's just one suspect. abu ahmed is another. we don't know the role the five others in the terrorist cell in egypt may have played in all of this. >> susan candiotti in new york, thank you for that. >>> we should get more information about the benghazi attack when secretary of stat
. the united states supreme court said yesterday it'll hear two cases challenging laws that define marriage as only between a man and a woman. one of them is california's ban on same sex marriage, proposition eight which voters approved in 2008. lower courts ruled that the proposition was not congress constitutional. the other case is from new york, it challenges the defense of marriage act that requires the government to deny federal benefits to legally married gay couples. it was passed in 1996 and signed by president clinton. reaction in san francisco's castro district included a range of emotions. yesterday's decision means same sex couples in california must put marriage plans on hold. they could have started marrying pleadly if the court denied review. activists say they feel some momentum from the november elections. >> three states legalized same sex marriage just a month ago. the tide is shifting. >> i want it to be tackled. i want to get married and i want to be married in any state. >> many people say they are happy the court will address the issue but they say they understand
this question of marriage? >> uc hastings law professor rory little says the supreme courts decision to take both prop 8 and the federal defense of marriage act. is significant because it suggests the ultimate ruling will have national implications . >> they see this as a historic moment so there are two cases that will allow every possible question that is in the mixture. >> many supreme court watchers believe justice anthony kennedy could be the deciding vote. but little says chief justice john robert could infact be >> chief justice's tend to look towards history wherever their position be? robert proved this in health care last year to offer the national care add up all the mandate. he will go down in history as the roberts court, not the committee court upholding that. i think he will see this as a similar issue. the cultural type seems to have turned. they are not immune to looking. >> many are creditingformer san francisco mayor gavin newsom is expressed his delight that the supreme court will take up the prop -8 case. >> in my lifetime, i would not expect that they would have the que
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